Sam Manicom recently sent me his first book "Into Africa" to review and post my thoughts up on the forum.
Sam was seeking out an opinion warts and all of his book.
I've never read a travel book before of someone's adventure, despite the many recommendations on the site and the fact that I wanted to, so it was with some interest that I accepted the challenge. It was with some trepidation that I set off on this exercise knowing that if it didn't work out I could pass it on to someone else to review.
I'm normally someone that needs to get in to a book straight away and I just wasn't sure that I would get bitten by a diary that's been turned in to a book.
How wrong I could be.... now I have to be careful here lest I give any of the key points of the story away, but in the first reading session we have an accident and for the pedestrian involved a very serious one, coupled with a spell in prison (well Police cell anyway) for Sam! Oh my goodness I was finding this really very interesting.
So if you haven't sussed this out yet this is Sam's (very graphic in places) story of his ride through Africa, the daily challenges and adventures he faced along the way. Sam hadn't really ridden a bike before embarking on this adventure and I have to admit I was slightly disappointed in this as I was hoping that Sam was a regular biker like myself who loved biking and just wanted to do more on his bike and extend his adventures. To Sam a bike was just a way of getting around on his adventure, and I got the impression he could have easily done this adventure by back packing or cycling and still got the same experiences. However I needn't have worried because he soon seemed to develop a warmth for the bike and this method of transport that we all love and share.
I found myself reading the book very regularly, unusually for me as I lead a very busy life. I kept on wanting my fix.
I don't know what it was, whether it was the almost innocent way in which the book was written, or the connection with something that I personally would love to do, but don't have the freedom or balls to be able to do, but I found myself really connecting and enjoying this book.
I even found myself talking about it to family and friends with real enthusiasm, describing scrapes and experiences that Sam had had almost as if they were my very own!
So how would I summarise it..... a fantastic read that takes you through all the scrapes, experiences and adventures as if you were there yourself. I would say that if you plan to do any adventure riding then this would be a must read. You'll certainly learn from Sam's experiences!!
A highly recommended book in my opinion.
So support Sam and his adventures by buying his book, which he will sign for you.......
Sam also has another book out which I've also written a review of "Under Asian Skies".
If you've also read "Into Africa" then please also post your thoughts up here, I know that Sam will be interested.